Jerry Buckley

Founding Partner of Buckley LLP

Described by Chambers as "a recognized dean of the consumer finance bar," Jerry Buckley has, over a 40 year career, established himself as an acknowledged leader in financial services law. A founding partner of Buckley LLP, Mr. Buckley assists his clients — banks, mortgage companies, credit card issuers, insurance companies, broker dealers, fintech lenders, investment banks, and private equity investors — with business formations and acquisitions, risk management, and enforcement matters involving federal and state regulators. He has extensive experience with electronic signatures and serves as General Counsel of the Electronic Signatures and Records Association. He is co-author of The Law of Electronic Signatures and Records. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Buckley served as Republican Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, where he participated in drafting most of the laws that serve as the foundation for today’s consumer finance law ─ the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Truth in Lending Act amendments, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Community Reinvestment Act, and the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. For many years, Mr. Buckley has been a leading advocate for updating and modernizing the nearly 50 year old regulatory regime that is slowing down financial innovation.  Several years ago he wrote a widely read article in the American Banker urging development of “dynamic disclosures,” to offer far more useful information to consumers than is provided under the cumbersome and voluminous static disclosures currently provided.  He recently took the lead in a pro bono project producing a white paper on “Regulatory Hurdles to Fintech Innovation,” based on interviews with innovation leaders in each of the federal financial regulatory agencies.     Mr. Buckley serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, he received the Senator William Proxmire Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers in 2015.